BG all over the map....what do I do

HisTxLady
By HisTxLady Latest Reply 2010-10-11 08:36:21 -0500
Started 2010-10-09 02:48:10 -0500

Ok I have tried everything I can think of here and my BG does not wish to stay below 200. I have been checking my fasting BG's in the am when I get up and they seem high to me. I use Livestrong.com to keep up with them. I did an export of my numbers so I could ask if these numbers are bad or am I worrying to much? I am staying under 1381 calories a day and I watch my carbs like a hawk. I feel I need to go to the Doctor with them but I am not sure and I don't want to be a pest, plus I am self pay with no insurance so it is really hard to decide sometimes. What do yall think?

09/28/2010 06:13 pm Glucose 116
09/28/2010 07:35 pm Glucose 149
09/29/2010 12:04 am Glucose 158
09/29/2010 2:04 am Glucose 117
09/29/2010 11:41 pm Glucose 159
09/30/2010 12:00 am Glucose 169
09/30/2010 04:07 am Glucose 199
09/30/2010 06:27 am Glucose 136
09/30/2010 08:28 pm Glucose 157
10/01/2010 12:53 am Glucose 162
10/01/2010 04:25 am Glucose 207
10/01/2010 03:56 pm Glucose 204
10/01/2010 10:31 pm Glucose 171
10/02/2010 12:31 am Glucose 146
10/02/2010 12:39 am Glucose 138
10/02/2010 01:00 am Glucose 177
10/02/2010 04:46 pm Glucose 181
10/02/2010 10:01 pm Glucose 138
10/03/2010 03:14 pm Glucose 126
10/03/2010 03:36 pm Glucose 198
10/04/2010 04:05 am Glucose 148
10/04/2010 04:23 pm Glucose 126
10/04/2010 09:28 pm Glucose 184
10/04/2010 09:28 pm Glucose 231
10/05/2010 02:57 am Glucose 149
10/05/2010 03:32 am Glucose 192
10/05/2010 12:07 pm Glucose 143
10/05/2010 08:10 pm Glucose 205
10/06/2010 02:37 am Glucose 260
10/06/2010 01:39 pm Glucose 157
10/06/2010 06:00 pm Glucose 153
10/06/2010 10:30 pm Glucose 192
10/07/2010 12:45 am Glucose 229
10/07/2010 01:43 am Glucose 211
10/07/2010 02:37 am Glucose 260
10/07/2010 02:34 pm Glucose 259
10/07/2010 04:30 pm Glucose 275
10/07/2010 07:30 pm Glucose 161
10/07/2010 09:45 pm Glucose 87
10/07/2010 10:46 pm Glucose 105
10/08/2010 01:29 am Glucose 132
10/08/2010 01:39 am Glucose 211
10/08/2010 12:18 pm Glucose 138
10/08/2010 02:41 pm Glucose 193
10/08/2010 04:33 pm Glucose 186
10/08/2010 05:58 pm Glucose 186
10/08/2010 08:00 pm Glucose 158


14 replies

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-10-10 08:10:18 -0500 Report

Without knowing what you did to get the higher numbers it is hard to say. I would not say that your numbers are insane, but you should also never feel that you are a pest to your doctor. Maybe an adjustment in your meds is needed. When was your last lab test? Does he have you on a 3 month or 6 month schedule? If you know you have a UTI, then that could very well be an issue that is causing higher numbers. I am also uninsured and I do the same wait and see game, but you do have to be careful as many have said. Wait and see could end up wait and Pay...the hospital. I don't know about you, but my doctor visits are cheaper than a stay in the hospital. Now, I don't think that these numbers are ER numbers at all. Just keep a close eye on them. Drink a lot of extra water to help out as well.
I do have to ask though, why are you testing so many times in the middle of the night? I saw one day you tested 3 times and usually once is enough. A bit of carb with some fat or protein before bed should help with morning highs, but I am still working on mine too. I have not found that perfect combination yet, either.

HisTxLady
HisTxLady 2010-10-10 15:17:26 -0500 Report

I want to say last Monday they drew blood but I am not sure of all the results I assume they were good cause they never called with the results I had to call them to get my A1c, of 6.8, Iron of 126, and that was all I got I will have to wait till I go back in to get the rest of them. A 3 month I think. Well yes a Doctor visit is cheaper, but I must work around hubby's schedule because he works 4 days of 10 hours and 1 of 8 hours and his 8 hour day is Friday in which my Doctor closes her office at noon that day.and his days off are Saturday and Sunday and my Doctor is not in then either. But I am working on finding someone to take me besides him, and no I do not drive any more and even if I did he has to take the truck to work. But I am working on finding a ride, it just seems everyone works those times and it is very aggravating. Well my days and nights have been turned around from when hubby was on nights, I am working on getting them straight just have not made it there yet. If you will notice my posts here are in the evening and the wee early mornings. I get up around noon and have trouble going to bed till like 330 or 400am and sometimes later if I goof and take my night time pills late.

Ok I know this sounds like I am full of excuses but it is the way things are here not much I can do about it but keep trying. Thank you for your help Gabby I really appreciate it. I will keep working on it

Thank You so much :o)
God Bless
Lori

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-10-11 08:36:21 -0500 Report

I know in my town there is a service offered to people who need rides to medical appointments. You have to schedule them about a week ahead and I don't recall if it costs anything. My mom has a friend who has used it on occasion. The pick him up at his door and take him to the doctor's office. They also take him home. You might call your Health Department to see if they run something like that.

Kirla
Kirla 2010-10-09 09:49:24 -0500 Report

HisTxLady

Your numbers look a little high but not to bad. I started with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1 on 19 February 2009. I was able to get this under control in about 4-6 weeks and have kept it under control ever since. My second A1C was 5.9 and my lowest was 5.2 last month. I was even able to quit all meds after about 7 weeks and have been meds free ever since.

I found that drinking lots of water and eating broccoli, salads, coleslaw and other low carb vegetables helped lower my numbers fast.

At first I cut back on starchy foods to one serving. I had a lot of food to use up and decided to cut everything down to one serving per the nutrition label on the package.

After about a week I was curious of what my blood sugar was doing and decided to buy a blood sugar meter from Wal-Mart. It wasn’t expensive so I started to test before and after each meal to see how what I ate affected my blood sugar.

At first I was spiking my blood sugar over 100 points 2 hours after eating. I was researching and reading online about low carb diets and how starchy high carb foods spiked blood sugar.

At first I just cut back on the starchy high carb foods and when I still was getting high numbers after eating, I eventually stopped eating all breads and foods that contained any kind of grains. I found they all spiked my blood sugar. Pasta, potatoes, corn, crackers, cereals, chips and most foods that contained more than 5-6 net carbs per serving per the label.

When I told my doctor that oatmeal spiked my blood sugar he said that if the food was spiking my blood sugar that I should not eat it. So I eliminated all foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 40-50 points 2 hours after eating. Once my numbers came down a lot I started testing 1 hour after eating and was able to further fine-tune my diet. I now try and avoid foods that spike my blood sugar more than 40-50 points after eating.

I recently found that I was spiking my blood sugar after lunch and didn’t know about it. One day I tested 20 minutes after eating lunch and it read 175. I couldn’t believe it. At lunch my blood sugar was going from 90 to 175 then to 85 all in less than an hour and fifteen minutes.

For the last several weeks I have been testing 15+ times a day trying to figure it all out. By testing a lot I found that in the morning I peak at 45-60 minutes after eating. At lunch its 25 minutes and after supper it around 70-75 minutes after eating.

I found that by adding chicken, beef or a hardboiled eggs to my meal I was able to eliminate the big spike and now my after lunch reading is a number I figure I can live with.

I even wrote a blog about how I control my blood sugar and what I eat and recipes on how I make some of the foods I eat. If your interested a link to my website is in my profile page.

Well I wish you have success in controlling your blood sugar. I found it was really easy to do. I just quite eating certain foods and the numbers all came down. I believe if I did it other people can too.

Good luck
Kevin

HisTxLady
HisTxLady 2010-10-09 22:45:56 -0500 Report

Howdy Kevin and thank you very much for your information. I will do my best to try and follow as best as I can.

Thank You again & God Bless
Lori :o)

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-10-09 08:49:28 -0500 Report

Your readings alone won't tell the whole story. I find that by eating 5-6 smaller meals per day (never missing breakfast and usually eating before bed) helps to keep my bg levels down and stable. Remember that you've been under stress lately. Are you exercising? You don't have to lift 300 pounds of weights and walk six miles a day for what you do to qualify as exercise but challenge yourself by adding a little more each day. A five minute walk beats a three minute walk. Are you drinking enough water? Are you on meds??? You see there is more to control than merely counting carbs and testing. Diabetes is a disease and not one that should be left to self-diagnosis and self-treatment. Consider the "resources" guide that I wrote for assistance with medical help, emotional support, etc. I would encourage you to seek out support from your doctor(s) and any agencies that can help you with mind, body and soul. It's not all about carbs and calories, my dear. Diet is just one leg of the stool that supports us. Diabetic control requires a foundation. Disclaimer: what works for me may not work for someone else. Talk to a dietitian, doctor, trainer, priest or rabbi, cabana boy or anyone who can help you. And anytime, drop me a note if ya just need to laugh or cry or share your thoughts, fears and feelings. I'm here for ya, kiddo!

HisTxLady
HisTxLady 2010-10-10 00:55:28 -0500 Report

Howdy Ray. Do you know how long it has been since someone called me a kiddo lol? Thank you it gave me a nice feeling. I do try my best to eat 5-6 small meals a day and I never skip breakfast. Yes I have had a good bit of stress lately and not really exercising just running after the 7 and 4 year old grandkids lol but I am fixing to start on the treadmill hubby bought me. I drink bottles of water, 1 bottle is equal to 2-8oz glasses of water and I try to drink like 3 or 4 a day. Yes I am on meds and yes I do take them everyday, 2 times a day. It probably does not help that I am Bi-Polor with Panic attacks and major depression, but I do the best I can. What I think bothers me the most is…I used to tend my Mom that was a real bad Diabetic. She was on dialysis for years, had a shunt in her arm, she could not walk due to her feet had drawn downward so far she could not step on them when she tried only her toes would touch like a ballerina and they were purple and had terrible pain but were numb on the outside. I don't think I fear that happening to me because Mom was a nurse and she would change her insulin to match what she wanted to eat, I know they do that now with the pumps but back then it was a big NONO. I think I worry the most about being a possible burden on my family someday. Mom used to say that too but I would tell her don't be silly your my Mom and I love you and I do not mind taking care of you, but now I see how she could of felt like that.

Ok change of subject here lol. I want to thank you for the offer to write you if I need to and I am sure I will. Ok it is 1am here so I need to shuffle off to bed. Thank you again

God Bless
Lori :o)

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-10-09 06:44:17 -0500 Report

How many carbs do you eat at each meal and snack? Infections can make blood sugar go up so that may be part of the issue. Do you take medication? Do you exercise? All play a part.

HisTxLady
HisTxLady 2010-10-10 01:06:43 -0500 Report

I do my best to try to keep my carbs under 30 a meal and I will eat 4 or 5 meals a day. Yes I take Januvia and Metformin in 1 pill called Janumet and I take it twice a day every day. I do some exercise not a lot yet but I am working it up. I am sure the infection I have is messing with it some along with my stress level it has been very high the last week. And me worrying over my sugars are not helping but I do not know what else to do.

I hope I have answered your questions.
Thank you & God Bless
Lori :o)

goldie111
goldie111 2010-10-09 03:09:56 -0500 Report

Besides counting carbs, other questions come to play. Do you get enough sleep? What do you feel your stress levels are. Have you been recently ill? Have you exercised? I find that even if I have followed a good healthy diabetic diet, If these other issues come into play. My Glucose is 200+. If I get on my treadmill for 20 minutes, I will drop my Glucose levelaprox. 60 points. Hope this helps you.

goldie111
goldie111 2010-10-09 10:14:13 -0500 Report

I am a self pay also so I do understand what you are going through. I have been diagnosed now for almost 4 years. I find that the risk and the cost of NOT seeing my doctor however outweighs the short term cost. Bite the bullet, you'll feel better and your organs will give a sigh of relief as your glucose numbers will go down and they will not have to work so hard.

HisTxLady
HisTxLady 2010-10-09 03:53:41 -0500 Report

Well I have been arguing with myself about going to the Doctor cause I know I have a UTI. But it all cost so much I get scared over the money aspect. Don't get me wrong my Doctor is great she helps when and where she can. But she can only do so much. Thank you for your ideas I will try them.

Thank you,
God Bless :o)
Lori

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-10-09 08:50:39 -0500 Report

I understand money but a doctor visit will be less costly than a hospital stay or long term complications. This is your conscience speaking.